I'm wishing that I had had one when I was pregnant with Aidan. If I had known then what I know now about saving his cord blood and the possibilities his own stem cells have of healing his brain now, I'd have jumped at the opportunity. Now, I'm just kicking myself in the butt for not doing it anyway.
I know that stem cell research is a very touchy issue with some people, but cord blood stem cells really shouldn't be that controversial. They are taken from the placenta at birth or otherwise destroyed as medical waste.
This is a story that was featured on the Today Show about a little boy who was treated with his own cells.
It's extremely interesting and proves to me that there is hope in using stem cells. They are just now starting to see the effectiveness in treating injuries like Aidan's.
I bring this up because Russell and I have been discussing whether we want another child in the near future. If we do decide to have another baby, we're definitely saving the cord blood because there is a chance that it could be used to treat Aidan. Siblings are twice as likely to be a match according to what I've read. While that wouldn't be our purpose to bring another baby into the picture it is definitely a perk.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share some of the stuff I'd been reading.
The past few weeks have been good. Aidan is doing well. We've decreased his methadone and he has responded well to that. With Christmas just a couple days away, I'm just reminded of how sad I am. I'm trying to keep myself busy by crocheting and doing housework which is why I haven't been posting a lot lately. It's just too hard sometimes.
Aidan finished his 80th hyperbaric treatment last Friday and is taking a break until sometime in April. The center was fully booked so we couldn't start back at the first of the year like we were thinking initially. The break will do us all some good.
So that is what is going on here. I hope that everyone is doing well and having a wonderful holiday!